Splott, ‘Y Sblot’
Dame Shirley Bassey lived on Moorland Road in Splott.
Splott is a district and community in the South East of the city of Cardiff. Its name refers to the welsh word for allotments. Settlement began in the late 19th Century on the land of two farms, Upper Splott and Lower Splott. Splott used to be an area for Cardiff Steelworks, and to support the industry and its influx of workers, rows of terraced houses were provided close to the factories for convenience. These houses are now a characteristic of Splott. There is a strong community feel in the area that is centred on churches, schools, pubs and sporting teams.
A mixture, of families and professionals live in the area, it also benefits from good value rents and is within walking distance to the city centre. Bus routes run through Splott, Tremorfa and Adamsdown making it easily accessible. In 1882, ‘Splottlands’ was opened which was the first school in the area. This has now been transformed into the STAR Centre, which stands for Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath. This is a leisure centre complete with gymnasium and badminton courts, and also houses STAR library. Lennox Lewis trained here before his 1993 fight against Frank Bruno.